Renaissance for Kids
Become a real Renaissance Man (or Woman) and study the defining names of the era! Each book takes five of the most influential names from the Renaissance period and explores each one through a few of their greatest contributions. What did the person behind the term “Machievellianism” do to get such a nasty reputation? Just how was the Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore finally completed? Who were the rebellious personalities behind the “modern” art of the Renaissance who shook the world? Find out in the pages of this series. These books read much like some history texts for readers of the grade group in the title, and include reflection questions as well as projects to complete. Each chapter gives a brief overview of the subject’s beginnings and influences, and then delves into the opportunities/challenges they pursued or the problems of the time that led them to create their greatest works. Finally, it also discusses the lasting impact of those works. Chapters also contain plenty of visuals, including paintings, statues, and sketches from the time period as well as photographs of locations. Although there are no tests, the informational value along with the projects is meaty enough for a stand-alone history unit for those who want to study the period more personally. Note: some pictures within are paintings/statues of nudes.